Chanel Noirs Obscurs Collection: Les Folie Noirs Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Les Folie Noirs Eyeshadow Quad ($60.00) is from Chanel Noirs Obscurs Collection.  ( Be sure to check out reviews on the limited edition nail polishes and lipsticks, too!)  It’s a limited edition eyeshadow quad with each shade being embellished with the brand’s signature logo in black.

While I was impressed by the new Rouge Allure lipsticks and Le Vernis shades, the eyeshadow quad was a disappointment.  In fact, I had to let my disappointment simmer a bit in case I was too harsh/expected too much.  I do not recommend this eyeshadow quad unless you’re a Chanel collector–then you’re not really looking to use it so much as own it as a collector.

If you actually want to use it, the shades are poorly pigmented, go on unevenly, and just overall, look mediocre–even with a sponge applicator.  (Swatching with a brush always gives the least amount of pigmentation, whereas swatching with a sponge applicator usually yields the most.)   The swatches included in this post are with a sponge applicator, for your reference.

The dark brown shade (top left) goes on extremely sheerly and almost looks chalky on my skin.  The color itself is a cool-toned dark brown.  Next to it is a dark forest green with a slight bit of shimmer.  This one swatched better and had so-so pigmentation (just not quite as intense as I’d like).  On the bottom right, there’s a muted, dark navy blue with subtle navy shimmer.  This also swatched decently, though not quite as well as the green.  The last shade is a slightly warmed-up medium chocolate brown that isn’t as sheer as the other brown in the quad, but it’s still quite faded when swatched.

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Project Revamp: Clarisonic

The Project: Clarisonic

Bzzzz, bzzz, it’s a cleansing brush for your face that whirs and spins and comes with a hefty price tag. Gadget girls with an affinity for beauty rejoiced…

Your Task

How would you improve this product? What would you change? What would you want to keep the same? How would you make it an even better product?

Look: Peach & Smoky Purples for Autumn

Here’s a quick look for fall that I put together to go out to dinner with my parents and boyfriend (for my birthday). It’s pretty simple, and surprisingly, I used all permanent products (without trying–that’s an accomplishment!). :) Hope your Wednesday is off to a fantastic start! Halfway through the week — yay!

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral beige base), Melon pigment (peachy-pink), Gleam eyeshadow (peachy-pink), Cranberry eyeshadow (berry-wine), Fig. 1 eyeshadow (eggplant), Graphology eyeshadow (deep purple-black), Ricepaper eyeshadow (highlighter), Smolder eye kohl (black), Urban Decay El Dorado 24/7 Liner (gold), Zoom Fast Lash mascara (black)
  • Cheeks: Plum Foolery blush (berry)
  • Lips: Guerlain Gracia Lipstick (muted berry), Chanel Spark glossimer (coppery berry)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: N/A

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. With the 239, apply Melon pigment with water-based mixing medium on the lower lid. On the inner lid, pack Gleam eyeshadow on using the 239. Apply Cranberry eyeshadow to the outer portions of the lid. Darken crease with Fig. 1 eyeshadow using the 226, then deepen with Graphology eyeshadow with the 219. Sweep Ricepaper eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay El Dorado Liner on lower lash line, and Smolder eye kohl on the lower waterline using the 209. Apply Zoom Fast Lash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Plum Foolery blush using the 129. Apply Guerlain Gracia lipstick to lips, and then top with Chanel Spark glossimer for color and shine.

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Upcoming MAC Cosmetics Collection for Holiday/Winter 2009

Upcoming MAC Cosmetics Collection for Holiday/Winter 2009

Phew, lots of stuff coming up, but be prepared to get your holiday gift gettin’ in just two weeks — October 15th will see lots of holiday collections and pieces launch.

Holiday 2009

Winter 2009

Only In A Woman’s World: Post Round-Up

The Only In A Woman’s World campaign has come to its conclusion, and we are so honored to have been invited to take part in it. It was a really great campaign all about celebrating the quirks and characteristics that make women… well, women! From the crazy diets we’ve done, the times we’ve squeezed into those jeans just one size too tight, jealousy–I’ve enjoyed the series of episodes they’ve put out. (You should all know by now that my favorite is Episode #11!)

I wanted to recap by rounding up all of our previous posts from the campaign…

This post was sponsored by “Only In A Woman’s World.”

philosophy for Fall 2009

philosophy for Fall 2009

i love candy corn high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath 16 oz. ($16.00)

i venture out in search of something sweet! the crisp, evening air tugs at my hair and tingles my fingers. the crunch of fallen leaves gives away my footsteps before i reach each door. i love candy corn and the way it greets me with its playful colors, as i smile and reach for my share of autumn treats.

trick or treat high-foaming shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath duo ($20.00)

no tricks, just treats. philosophy’s trick-or-treat set includes pumpkin spice muffin and caramel apple scented shampoo, shower gel & bubble baths for a surprisingly spirited treat for your senses! enjoy an ultra-rich lather with these high-foaming formulas created to gently cleanse and condition skin and hair.

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